One of our must-do items was to do a Norway fjord cruise from Flam to Gudvangen and back.
We had planned on being picked up and dropped off at the dock in Aurland where we are staying, however an hour before boarding the tour operator called and said they weren’t stopping in Aurland since we were the only passengers getting picked up there and we were just dirty Americans. Well, maybe it wasn’t quite like that, but they told us they would refund our tickets or we could board at Flam, the next stop.
Luckily we are always early birds and were already to go, so we hopped in the car and headed down to Flam to board the ship there.
The Fjords operates a fleet of Vision electric catamarans that are pretty amazing.
What is even more amazing is being here in shoulder season, there were maybe 50 other people on a ship that holds 400 passengers.
We had the entire top deck to ourselves occasionally due to the temperature and breeze, if you look at photos online during high season you’ll see a jam-packed boat with standing room only. Gotta love the shoulder season.
The. Fjords. Are. AMAZING. We are well-traveled, and we think that Norway is second only to Switzerland in terms of sheer beauty and majesty. This entire country has been nonstop amazing.
There is lots of information on the fjords available via Google – length of coastline, depth, height, etc. No need to repeat it all here when Google is your friend.
There are plenty of fjord cruises that leave from Oslo or Bergen, we chose the V-cruise from the Norway in a Nutshell itinerary because it worked in our route, and because there’s not a long cruise time to get to the good stuff – you start right in the good stuff and there’s nothing but beauty the entire time.
Our only advice is to book off-season, bring warm layers, and bring your camera! We can’t recommend this experience enough, as long as you experience it with as few other people as possible.

Ready to Board

Ready to Board
The Fjords has a pretty sweet fleet of Vision electric catamarans to cruise the fjords on.


Flim Flam

Flim Flam
The scenic little town of Flam, which apparently turns into Cruise Ship Hell in high season.


Must Have Selfie

Must Have Selfie on the Norway Fjord Cruise
A must-have selfie as we depart from Flam


Into the Aurlandfjord

Into the Aurlandfjord on a Norway Fjord Cruise
The village of Aurland is visible on the right, this is where we are staying and were supposed to be picked up from.


Flyby

Flyby of the Norway Fjord Cruise
A small powerboat whizzes past our ship as we pass the village of Undredal


Blue Beneath White

Blue Beneath White
The views of glaciers and perennial snowfields from the water is amazing


Top Shelf

Top Shelf on the Norway Fjord Cruise
Colette enjoys the top deck all to herself


Which Waterfall

Which Waterfall
Norway has the most waterfalls hands-downof anywhere we’ve been.


Down Down Down

Down Down Down on the Norway Fjord Cruise
Steep drops from the icefields above


Voice of Norway

Voice of Norway tour on the Norway Fjord Cruise
Download the app for a virtual guided tour


Welcome to Gudvangen

Welcome to Gudvangen
Our halfway point, some folks on the Norway in a Nutshell tour do a one-way to or from here.


Norskmen

Norskmen
Back when men were men


Sagasund

Sagasund
A small tour vessel waits to go out as a fleet of kayakers paddles by.


Fiske Forbudt

Fiske Forbudt
My reputation precedes me, and the Norweigans are afraid I’ll leave their waters bare.


Gudvangen Fjordtell

Gudvangen Fjordtell
More Gudvangen Signage


Legacy Of The Fjords

Legacy Of The Fjords - Norway Fjord Cruise
Ship name from the rear of our majestic ride


Working Girl

Working Girl
This working girl had had a rough life


Those Petersons

Those Petersons
The Petersons are everywhere…


Bakka Bakka Bakka

Bakka Bakka Bakka from the Norway Fjord Cruise
The picturesque little village of Bakka


Lady In Red

Lady In Red on the Norway Fjord Cruise
Colette is all geared up for the temps


Into The Fjord

Into The Fjord on the Norway Fjord Cruise
I can’t get enough photos like this


To Be Closed At Sea

To Be Closed At Sea
What happens at port?


Inbound

Inbound on the Norway Fjord Cruise
Steep cliffs on our inbound leg to Flam


Laegdafossen

Laegdafossen Waterfall from the Norway Fjord Cruise
The Laegdafossen waterfall is pretty amazing, our captain nosed the catamaran right up to the base for photos and video


Granite Monolith

Granite Monolith from the Norway Fjord Cruise
This mountain is amazing, you can imagine how deep it slopes down into the fjord.


Undredal

Undredal
Some of the quaint buildings at the small town of Undredal


The Fjords

The Fjords Norway Fjord Cruise
What a neat ship


Final Waterfall

Final Waterfall
Passing one final waterfall as we return to Flam


Top Deck 360


A 360 from the top deck of Legacy of the Fjords


Top Deck 360 2


Another 360 from the top deck of Legacy of the Fjords


Trip Up The Fjord


Video footage going up the fjord


Trip Up The Fjord 2


More video footage going up the fjord



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